Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs

Citation: Reid, R. (2007). Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs. Chicago: American Library Association.Something Musical Happened at the Library

Ages: storytime ages; Book intended for librarians and adults

Grades: all grades: book for librarians

Description: Something Musical Happened at the Library is a resource for librarians and educators who want to incorporate more music into their storytimes. The book includes whole storytime lesson plans, as well as song lyrics and other resources. Something Musical Happened at the Library also includes a list of references and books that librarians and teachers can use to incorporate more music into their storytimes.

Uses: Something Musical Happened at the Library can be used by librarians to incorporate more music into their storytimes. The lesson plans within are perfect for young child or family storytimes. Many of the songs in the lesson plans require children to move and dance to the melody or to different instructions.  

Review Sources:

Glantz, S. (2008). Something Musical Happened at the LIbrary: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs. Library Media Connection, 26(4), 93.

Helmer, D. (2007). Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs. Booklist, 104(5), 87.

Margarida, D M. (2008). Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs. School Library Journal, 54(1), 160.

Tags: educator resource 

Yoga Games for Children: Fun and Fitness with Postures, Movements and Breath

Citation: Bersma, D., Visscher, M., & more, & 0. (2003). Yoga Games for Children: Fun and Fitness with Postures, Movements and Breath (1 edition.). Alameda, CA: Hunter House. Yoga Games

Ages: 3-12

Grade: 1 and up

Description: Yoga Games for Children: Fun and Fitness with Postures, Movements, and Breath is a resource for librarians, parents, and educators that provides 16 complete lessons for children about different yoga concepts. The games are broken into different focus areas such as breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation. Within these areas are lessons with different themes, from spring, to snow, to animals, to birthday parties. Individual lessons are also coded for the appropriate age group.

Use:  Children’s librarians and library staff can use Yoga Games as a resource as they plan storytimes and other programs. Themed lessons can be incorporated into a variety of storytimes for different ages, and the themes allow for them to be used in conjunction with other books and activities on the same theme, for the creation of a fully active storytime or children’s program.  

Review Sources: none. 

Tags: yoga, educator resource, differently-abled

Jump, Wiggle, Twirl & Giggle!

Title: Altman, R. (2000). Jump, Wiggle, Twirl & Giggle! New York: Scholastic. Jump, Wiggle, Twirl and Giggle

Ages: 2 -7

Grades: Prek-1

Description: Jump, Wiggle, Twirl & Giggle is an educator resource that provides twenty-five movement activities that teach early concepts and themes to young children. The resource emphasizes how movement can empower children’s learning and development, and focuses on concepts like: math, language arts, social studies, and science. Each concept has five movement lessons include.

Use: Jump, Wiggle, Twirl & Giggle is a resource that can help librarians bring movement into storytimes, while teaching and enforcing different themes or concepts. The activities in the can be integrated into common storytime topics and themes. For example: the A Snail’s Story lesson plan can be added into  a program for children on fairytales and folklore. Lessons can also be adapted for the age of the children in the program.

Review Journals: none

Tags: classroom movement, educator resource